Canada Reads 2019 @ SAPL – Homes: A Refugee Story

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Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung

In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria – just before the Syrian civil war broke out.

Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy – soccer, cousins, video games, friends.

Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone – and found safety in Canada – with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria. (publisher)

CBC Canada Reads page on Homes: A Refugee Story

CBC Canada Reads: about Abu Bakr al Rabeeah

Why teenage refugee Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and teacher Winnie Yeung wrote about his Family’s life in Syria

Interview with Abu Bakr al Rabeeah (Freehand Books)

CBC Canada Reads: Why Chuck Comeau is defending Homes

The Syrian boy who wrote his life story – with the help of his Canadian teacher (The Guardian)


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